Last Modified on Jul 14, 2014
Athlete’s foot is the most common fungal infection of the skin and despite its name, isn’t a condition that only athlete’s get. If you have ever had athlete’s fungus or any other foot fungus, you know it can be difficult to treat, which is why we have compiled a collection of natural cures to help you recover from this condition. Before you resign to battling foot fungus forever, try apple cider vinegar, garlic, iodine, or any of our other reader-contributed remedy suggestions.
What Is Athlete’s Foot?
A fungal infection of the foot, athlete’s foot typically begins between the toes. The condition is closely connected to ringworm and jock itch and can be particularly uncomfortable. Damp socks and shoes as well as hot and humid conditions encourage the growth of the fungus.
Do I Have to Be an Athlete to Get Athlete’s Foot?
While the name suggests it, the condition actually has nothing to do with being an athlete. The condition generally occurs in people who regularly have sweaty feet and where tight-fitting or confining shoes, which is why athletes are considered prime targets for the condition.
How Do I Know if I Have Athlete’s Foot?
You can typically determine whether you have athlete’s foot or not based on your symptoms. Athlete’s foot typically causes a scaly, red rash. The rash begins between the toes, and itching is worse as you take off your shoes and socks. The fungus sometimes causes blisters or ulcers and may also lead to dryness and scaling on the soles and sides of the feet.
What are the Conventional Treatments for Foot Fungus?
As common of a condition as foot fungus is, it has a variety of conventional treatments. A doctor can help confirm your diagnosis and will also help you determine the best path of treatment depending on the severity of your condition. Typical treatment involves over-the-counter cream treatments or a prescription medication.
Can I Treat Athlete’s Foot Naturally?
In any case, natural remedies improve the efficacy of any type of treatment. These remedies help naturally eliminate the fungus by balancing the body and eliminating infection as well as inflammation. Apple cider vinegar, garlic, and alcohol are three of the best treatment options.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps relieve the itching and peeling associated with athlete’s foot. It also helps relieve inflammation and pain. The vinegar has antifungal properties that actually kill the fungus naturally and prevents the fungus from returning.
Garlic is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. You can apply powdered or crushed garlic directly to the fungus to relieve inflammation and eliminate the fungus. You should also wash your feet with garlic juice.
Many sports doctors tell professional athletes to wipe povidone iodine (Betadine) between the toes every day for 1 week. Iodine disinfects the feet and helps naturally eliminate the fungus. It also dries out the fungus, to keep it from spreading. You can apply the iodine directly to the affected area using a cotton ball.
If you are trying to get rid of a case of athlete’s foot, try one of these treatment options or add one of your own suggestions to our below list of reader-contributed remedies!
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Anti-Fungal Supplements
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic
- Baker's Yeast
- Boric Acid
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil
- Dietary Changes
- Essential Oils
- Fresh Aloe Vera
- General Feedback
- Green Tea Leaves
- Hair Dryer
- Herbal Parasite Cleanse
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hypoallergenic Baby Wipes, Aloe
- Ketoderm, Black Walnut Oil
- Multiple Remedies
- Oil Pulling
- Oregano Oil
- Phythium Oligandrum
- Potassium Permanganate
- Remedies Needed
- Salt Water
- Tea Tree Oil
- Topical Silver
- White Vinegar
- White Vinegar, Salt, Ginger Soak
[YEA] 09/29/2012: J from Tampa Bay, Fl: "I have traveled for business for about 13 years. Never having had Athelete's Foot I was totally niave and wandered around many a hotel room rug barefoot and used moisturizers on my feet, legs, hands elbow and knees. It's not the bathroom or pool you have to worry about, it's the rugs!! Imagine my surprise when I finally realized that I had/have a raging case of Athelete's Foot and Tinea Corporis which is a fancy name for Athelete's Foot on other parts of your body. On my feet I have what is known as "moccasin style" Athelete's Foot. What that means is that there is a purple blue infection on the bottom and sides of the foot like a moccasin. Hard as heck to cure. Six years later I'm still battling it, fortunately for me I live in a warm climate and can mostly wear open shoes with no socks or stockings, but when at a client site I have to wear closed shoes and socks. On a very recent trip I came home only to find that I had a severe relapse on my feet and red lesions on my ankles and shins. I had worn Dr Scholls Diabetic Socks in my closed toed, but ventilated shoes, thinking they would be good for my feet and let them breathe... Unfortunately I didn't realize they weren't cotton based. DO NOT USE THEM if you have Athelete's Foot or Ringworm. Look for socks that are 90 per cent cotton or more. I developed a severe case of Ringworm/Athelete's Foot which I had nearly overcome. On top of that I also had toenail fungus which I'd never had before. It got so bad that in a matter of days I lost most of one toenail. Desperately, I searched and found this site. I went out and bought several bottles of Absorbine, jr and instead of Vicks Vapor Rub I bought Tiger Balm Ointment Ultra which is much stronger, but also more expensive. It works, but also irritated the skin so a mild secondary bacteria infection set in. I used that for three weeks and also did salt water and lemon juice or ACV foot soaks as often as I could. I finally got the infection to a point where I felt I could go back to my nail shop without infecting the entire community I live in. My nail shop is run by a lovely, caring, giving Viet Nahmese couple who would do anything to promote good, healthy feet. I trust them implicitly. They clean and sterilize all their metallic tools and UV them as well. I still suspect the toenail fungus came from my theraputic pedicures which were healing my skin, but it occured to me that the emery boards, buffer pads and some solutions used for French Pedicures, my favorite, were shared with other clients.... Thus the toenail fungus. It's appearance with the recurrance of Athelete's Foot was pure coincidence. Long ago they taught and convinced me of the value of rubbing fresh lemon or lime wedges on toes and other areas of the foot. It's always worked before now. Salt foot soaks with either lemon juice or ACV have also worked up until now. They were shocked to see what happened to my feet, toenails, ankles and shins in just one week of closed shoes and socks. I stayed away from the shop for two weeks after so it was a total of three weeks. One week later now four weeks, after visiting them here's what has made DRAMATIC improvement, meaning almost no red or pink lesions and the toenails beginning to heal.
1. Continue the Salt and Lemon or Lime or ACV foot soaks as often as you can. I can do it once or twice a day on weekends but during the week it's hard to do it even once a day. Soak for at least 15 minutes. Remove feet from the soak, but DO NOT DRY WITH TOWEL, let your feet air dry so the salt solution stays on your feet. This works really well if you do it just before bedtime.
2. My friends at the nail shop gave me, as a gift, they were NOT practicing medicine... A tiny tube of oinment I do not believe can be purchased in the US. It contains Clotrimazole, an antifungal, Betamethasone, not sure what that does, and Gentamicin, a powerful antibiotic. They suggested I put it on the very red angry lesions. I did and I could see results in hours. If you are in a country other than the US you may be able to purchase this ointment. You may be able to purchase this online from Viet Nahm, I'm not sure. If you can not, like me, I was able to successfully get the same results by purchasing Clotrimazole 2 per cent in the feminine section of the drug store, for vaginal infections. Gentleman, if this emabarrases you, get a sister, Mother or girlfriend to purchase it for you. In the longrun it's cheaper and stronger than what you can purchase in the Foot Care section of the drugstore. For the antibiotic portion of the creme I use the generic drugstore brand of Silver Colloiden ointment. It works! I put the Clotrimozole ointment all over my feet, ankles and shins. It absorbs easily with no smell. I only put the silver colloiden ointment on red, not pink spots. Do this twice a day, morning before socks and at night before bed NO SOCKS.
3. My drugstore chain just recently, in the last few weeks began carrying a product called _______. I believe it's a product out of the UK. It's active ingredient is Tolfunate 1 per cent. Even though it's not sold for toenail fungus, just the skin under and around the fungus, it seems to be helping. I also use it if I see any tiny pale pink spot anywhere on my body. It works. My mistake in the past was not addressing these tiny pale pink spots as soon as I saw them. The ringworm on my feet started out as pale pink spots from mosquito bites. Stupidly I igonored them. When I had to wear closed shoes and socks and they rubbed the spots... bingo, Ringworm....
4. I can't say enough how rubbing toes, toenails and feet with a wedge of lemon or lime has done over the years. That advice too, from my friends at the nail shop. (Obviously, it works on hands too! )
5. It occured to me that maybe I should look at myself internally as well. After some research online... Yes, everyone and their uncle talks about Probiotics.... But I also found out about Pau D' Arco. Sounded good, I always tend toward natural over chemical. Turns out I may not be able to take it internally but it works on other skin lesions like old age spots if rubbed on externally with a Qtip..... Many of mine are breaking up and going away... makes me wonder are they fungal based as well?
6. I seem to be sensitive to Probiotics too. If the tablet is too strong I get the runs. Have discovered if it is in tablet form I can cut the pill in half and be fine. Yoguhrt is still the best!! I think it is a good idea to treat the inside as well as out, as long as the Foot or Body Fungus seems to last.
Just a few comments to everything I've read here. Thanks all of you for sharing, it's really, really helped. For those of you who started a new treatment and felt it was "spreading", it probably wasn't spreading. The medicine just brought out infection that was probably already there so you could see it.
And PLEASE for those of you who have tried "scrubbing until it bleeds" PLEASE STOP THAT! That's how you will develop a secondary bacterial infection on top of the fungal infection you are trying to overcome. Skin is the largest body organ we have and it's fascinating in what it can do. Don't make what you have worse! Scarring will be almost nonexistant if you treat the fungus with what kills it and don't injure the skin in the process.
Killing fungas is a slow process, much slower than a bacterial infection, be patient, but most of all be persistant. You can may be skip a day or two if you are just plain too tired to complete the routine. I know, I have been many a night. But just because it looks "better" don't stop the routine. Fungus takes time to grow in your skin and even more time to kill it in your skin. Even after your skin looks healed, keep up with the treatments for at the very least four weeks and after that do some kind of preventive treatment so you never get a fungal infection again."Replies
03/29/2013: Jaydee from Adelaide, South Australia replies: "Your regimen is intense!
Way to go for stinky toes and yukky peeling toenails, and what I used to call Elephant heels.... and itchy as! Man there is no pain like an infected foot from gak that comes from ATHLETES FOOT.
But by chance I began using virgin pressed coconut oil, (it melts at room temperature) as I am allergic to cortisoids and the tinea stuff failed to work.
But this coconut worked a treat on my feet. After 35 years of this irritation on my feet, it is gone and the nails are growing back.
Splendid stuff I say, do try it!"
09/17/2011: Jay from Orlando, Fl: "I FINALLY, after years of searching, found a cure for tinea pedis(Athletes foot). It is Isopropyl Alcohol 91% strength. I found it in the Pharmacy Section.
The 70% alcohol was ineffective and did nothing to kill the fungus.
I am so happy that I found something that actually works! For the disabled, one can purchase a spray nozzle and spray the alcohol on the feet from a distance without having to bend over."Replies
[YEA] 03/10/2012: Southernarc from Durham, Nc, Usa replies: "I've had success with the 70% Isopropyl Alcohol as alcohol is alcohol and at this concentration it works just fine on athlete's foot. The trick is to soak a cotton ball with the alcohol and to thoroughly rub it on the affected area for about a minute. After the application you may still feel a little itchy, but I've noticed that after just two treatments like this, within a day, all of the itching and redness from the athlete's foot is gone. This is a cheap and effective treatment rather than buying expensive antifungal foot powders and sprays."
07/04/2012: Jeliberry123 from Auckland replies: "I have been soaking the affected area in salt for 10 minutes then immediately after that soak it in warm water with 5 teabags using 1 litre if you can I soak it in there for 20 minutes ormore depending on the severity. Then if you have ACV soak your feet/ affected area for 10- 15 minutes twice a day, this was my way to get rid of this annoying medical problem that has been frustrating me for months on end, it may not be long after all I have been seeing cases of 20 years plus hope this works for all thhe people in the same boat. Thanks"
07/29/2009: Denise from Austin, AR: "I have had problems with athlete's foot since I was a teenager. Now my teenage son has become bothered by it. I was told by an old friend that if I were to sprinkle a little bit of old fashioned cooking alum into his and my shoes and a little in our socks that it would take care of the athlete's foot and actually make his feet odorless. She (the friend) said that the alum closes the pores which prevents the feet from sweating, stopping the odor, and also the athlete's foot. I was told about this probably about ten years or so ago but have been reluctant to try it because it just doesn't sound like a healthy option. I'm certainly not going to try it on my child without knowing what repercussions will be as a result. Has this ever been suggested before?"Replies
12/17/2009: D from Private, Australia replies: "Hi there, there's actually a product you can buy in shops that does exactly what you are asking, not sure what its called in america, but here in australia it has to do with odour eaters... Its a type of talcum powder"
[YEA] 07/27/2008: Jonna from NYC, NY, USA: "1:30am, Saturday Night: I read AC from West Midlands, England's post about using Garlic for Athlete's foot a few days ago and was eager to try it. I have had athlete's foot on and off for years. I also have deeply etched cracked heals which I understand is possibly a fungal infection. And then recently the skin around my right big toe started to peel and looks nasty as can be. I tried the best OTC for Athlete's Foot, but with limited success. Takes 5 days to go away and then comes back a couple weeks later.
We had just run out of garlic, so I opted instead for another powerful anti-fungal, Wild Oil of Oregano. I use OO for coughs and sinus infections and had about 15 capsules left. Before going to sleep, I punctured a capsule of oil and rubbed it over both of my feet, especially concentrating it on my big toe, in between my toes where the athelete's foot itched and the cracks on my heals. I put socks on so the oil wouldn't get all over the sheets. It doesn't smell bad at all -- much better than garlic for sure!
Just like AC reported, there was dramatic improvement by the morning! The infection around my big toe was 50% better... The blisters in between my toes had disappeared. The cracks in my heals have started to seal and are unbelievably soft... (I had been rubbing shea butter on the cracks every night, which helped, but not to this extent).
I did the Oregano oil 3 morning and night for 2 days, took a day off. The infection around my big toe is all but gone. No more peeling skin. The cracks on my heels continue to slowly improve. Tonight I switched to Grapefruit Seed Extract and my feet, normally cold, warmed up right away. This may be a great remedy for those suffering from cold hands and feet. My feet are still tinglingly warm 2 hours after applying the GSE.
I have the feeling that the GSE will work just as well as the Oregano Oil. I also am trying the GSE on my perioral dermatitis and will report back any improvements. I can tell you that the itchy postules around my nose have disappeared. I had to wash off the GSE after about 20 minutes because it started to burn."Replies
07/28/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "To Jonna from NYC: Hello Jonna, I can't see your perioral rash but please be advised that a rash or cracks mostly in the corners of the mouth are an indication that you have vitamin/mineral deficiencies. White spots on your fingernails can indicate a zinc deficit. Also, many find that zinc supplements lessens or ends acne problems."
09/02/2008: Lorinda from Hamburg, NY replies: "I just read to feed about Oil of Oregano for athlete's foot and I'm trying it tonight. I have sore, cracked feet and there is a red "moccasin" line around the side of the feet. They are SO VERY PAINFUL. I will try anything at this point. I also have it started on the palms of my hand (itchy and hard skin cracking where the lines of my palm are)along with that I have some "fungus" on the pads of my thumbs where the skin peels and cracks I'm hoping for healing with this.
[YEA] 12/28/2008: Ameer from Barcelona, Spain replies: "Oregono oils is great, keep using it. if you like do a combination treatment. the key is do not wear socks. it will go away faster if it is aired out. fungus grows in warm damp places. the best way to get rid of atheletes foot is to buy open toed sandals and wear them until the fungus is gone. this is difficult to do in the summer time. if it is really cold in your country then make sure you take off your shoes and socks as soon as you get home. also if you are going to an event or party or will be at a place for a long period of time put on the oregono oil with foot powder and salt in between the toes to keep it as dry as possible. take a pair of sandals with you and change into them in the bathroom when you are in from the cold. if it is warm just wear sandals till they are gone. they professional looking sandals if you have to work in a professional atmosphere. it only takes a minute for this discusting parasite to grow back."
[YEA] 11/28/2011: Hbbrazil from Vancouver, Washington, United States replies: "I just want to thank everyone here for recommending ACV for Athelete's foot. After MANY years of using Lotrimin and other types of of over the counter remedies, this technique worked hands down.
I thought I had a severe case, but from looking at images on line, I'd say mine was low. I did have cracked and open skin, always moist, nothing seemed to work. I did the full ACV (straight no dilution) for three days straight and the symptoms went away within two days. I also, soaked my flip flops in ACV for 45 minues and soaked some socks, just in case, then washed them normally. The shoes I'm wearing don't have good ventilation, however, using ACV in the morning works. Now that I did the treatment for 3 straight days, I do a spot check every day, use a cotton ball to get in between the toes. I can say that Athelete's foot is gone.
Thank you to all and for sharing your experiences. I'm a true believer in ACV.
07/19/2012: Kari from New York City, America replies: "Finally Monistat 1, three applications daily has worked for me. Use only the stuff in the long vial called Tiaconazole. It cures a yeast infection in one night. Scrub feet daily. I use a handful of salt and soap. I also soak in water w/ ACV, tea tree oil and epsom salts. I am going to do this for 2 years to really kill it. Also, I put new pantiliners in my shoes daily and wear flip flops otherwise even in the shower. Be sure your shower drains well."
Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment for Athlete's Foot
Alternative Health Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Spray bottle, cotton swab, or your fingers
Apply the apple cider vinegar directly to your affected patches of skin. The apple cider vinegar can kill off the fungus that causes the athlete's foot infection while disinfecting the foot.
Unlike other vinegars (which will also kill the fungus), apple cider vinegar will additionally soothe the burning feeling. Dab on the affected area or soak feet in a warm water bath with a cup of apple cider vinegar for half an hour. Be warned though, it might burn a bit worse on contact!
[YEA] 07/03/2012: Suzy from Eugene, Or: "I found this site back in April. I swim 3 times a week and even though I wear flip flops I am very prone to athletes foot fungus and have been for 34 years ie.. Since high school gym class! A few years ago I even was prescribed an antifungal -- which did clear it up for a few months. But it has always came back. I had used with some success a mixture of garlic and lavender oil. But the smell was somewhat offensive. I began soaking my feet in ACV a non organic type. I must have a high tolerance for pain or it just felt better than the itch and burn as I can soak for 30 minutes. Just stick my feet in and sit back and watch the BIG BANG. I also began taking at the same time internally (once a day) ACV but the organic type with mother. 2 Tablespoons with about one half teaspoon of organic raw local honey. (I also have allergies and asthma and thought this might help). My athletes foot (toe type) has completely cleared. I am very careful and wash my feet daily with DR Bronners peppermint soap and then blow dry them. I did not treat my shoes or socks... Although I did buy 20 mule team Borax with this intent. I still have an issue with some ugly cracked heels, but the there is no burning and itching between my toes and no skin sloughing off.
I am certainly looking at other information on this site and have been doing the mini beet protocol but will post later regarding my results with that. Thank you EC."Replies
03/11/2013: Nancy from Tuscaloosa, Al replies: "For dry cracked heels/feet use vaseline. Soak feet in ACV then remove dead skin, dry then apply vaseline to feet and put on clean pair of socks. Do this daily for smooth as a baby's butt. Do this treatment daily for life & you will have no foot problems."
05/19/2012: Wendy from Raymore, Missouri, Usa: "I was suffering from cracked heels for a year; went to DO and prescribed oral fungal tablets that were harsh on my stomach and didn't work. I mentioned my problem to my chiropractor and he gave me an herbal foot soak that used ACV as the main ingredient. I steep the herbs in 2 cups ACV on the stove for 10 minutes, turn off heat and let it sit overnight, then strain the herbs and put the vinegar in a tupperware big enough to allow my foot to fit and soaked every day for 20 minutes. I covered the tupperware to keep from evaporating. If a person is suffering from systemic yeast/fungal problems, an herbal tincture of Spilanthes-Usnea can be used. Keep feet clean and dry, use natural cotton socks, disinfect shoes often and remove sugar/refined foods from diet. Also be sure to soak all nail clippers and files in alcohol to keep from re-infecting."
[YEA] 04/26/2012: Manangel from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: "I've used full strength, undiluted ACV on my chronic athletes foot. After trying every over the counter pharmacuetical antifungal cream, I finally did some research and decided to try the ACV. I applied it just with my finger twice a day for one week. I noticed a significant difference after only one day. By the 3rd day my long standing chronic athletes foot was almost completely gone. I was shocked at how quickly it worked. I continued applying for one week and I haven't had a reoccurance in over a year."Replies
08/23/2012: Christia from Oxon Hill, Maryland replies: "May I ask what kind of athlete's foot were you suffering from: Interdigital (Between the toes), Moccasin (On the sole and sides of the foot), Vesicular (Blisters), or a combination?"
[YEA] 03/26/2012: Steve from St Louis, Mo: "I've had Athlete's Foot in various forms for years. I used the usual topical ointments designed for this. Usually, I had success after a period of 1 to 2 week usage. I tried ACV full strength on my foot (a soak in shallow pan or applied directly with cotton). This is a "miracle" cure for me... My Athelete's Foot disappeared in one or two applications course it always reappears in different areas or the same... I apply ACV immediately not only treats the AF but stops the itching burning. Highly recommend ACV!"
01/15/2012: Concerned Mom from Clinton, Iowa: "How bad is the sting with ACV? I have tried several times getting my 3 yr old to soak his foot for his bad case of athletes foot and he screams it hurts. I did 1/4 ACV and 3/4 water and he still cries. Vicks seemed to help it the most but it is still spreading on the sole of his foot."Replies
02/29/2012: Samantha from Milwaukee, Wisconsin replies: "I am just starting this today, but I am only 22 and I got Athlete's Foot after living in a really run-down house and walking around bare-foot (yes, I know.. Very stupid). I also have Asperger's Syndrome and am very naive. -_-
Well, I noticed a few months ago that the Athlete's Foot turned into a fungal infection and had spread to all my toes. I also noticed today that it is also making the bottom of my feet a dirty yellow! :O So I decided after being kind of lazy with treating my feet, that I need to force myself to remember (I forget), and because my fiance has also caught it (though, I think I caught the Athlete's foot from him in the first place, but the house made it worse). His toes are now yellow. This is just ignorance on our parts, because we are young and we knew very little about athlete's foot, fungal infections and how contagious they are! I also make/made the mistake of continuing to wear my socks all day and not letting my toes breathe.
I was wondering if people here on the community could give me advice, I want to make sure I rid us of this, because it is very embarrassing and (being a hypochondriac) making me worry. :(
I am starting the ACV baths with water (decided to use straight ACV after reading another post), but I am going to have to put in extra effort to actually get my fiance to remember to do it too (he works 5 days a week, 6 days with overtime). As well as using a spray with ACV, vaseline, aquafor and I am going to look for and buy a fresh emery board to file the nails down. Wish me luck. ><
I will keep updating to let everyone know if it is working. :)"
05/29/2012: A from Phila, Pa replies: "Hey, just wondering if the ACV really worked for you? I can't find the "Mother raw" ACV all I have is the store brand. Is that ok? Do you wash off the Apple Cider Vinegar or let it air dry after the 30 min soak? I have reacurring athletes foot in between the toes and otc creams makes it go away for a few weeks but then it comes back. :("
07/05/2012: Jeliberry123 from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "Dont think about just use ACV it works but be patient individual results may vary- usually takes a few days to 1-2 weeks, take our advice it really does works."
[YEA] 07/05/2012: Cj from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "Tell your son to bear it or he will have to live with AF for years it doesnt even sting that much and its worth it! ACV works like a miracle."
07/06/2012: Tredav from Smyrna, Georgia replies: "I have a question, do I need to use a new bowl of ACV or can I use one for about a week. I have been soaking my whole foot, both of them and now the skin is redder around my toes, but definitely my feet look better. is this part of the process? I have been doing it for about 4 days."
[YEA] 11/21/2011: Sharky from Pacoima, California: "I too have had this Problem for about 2 months.
Before I tried the A.C.V my foot was scaly and the fisrt layer of skin was completely off from the toes to the middle of the bottom foot it also got really swelled up I could not walk very painful. I was trying all the O.T.C medicine but it did not work my foot was completly soaked with wetness and a gooey type wetness I gauzed up my feet but it still leaked through I was wearing sandals because my foot inside a show would get too wet and skin would just keep falling off my foot it was red and swollen I seen this article about A.C.V so I went to the store and purchased a gallon for 5 bucks at Ralphs I inserted the foot in complete A.C.V just to get the entire foot submerged mind it is going to be painful to do this but you have to once the burning and stinging stops soak in a 50/50 water and A.C.V and soak for 30 min you can put the remainder of what A.C.V is in the foot tub just add water it will continue to burn my foot was like it was on fire it did not stop burning for 30 min so in reality a foot dunk in complete A.C V then a 50/50 soak which can be a total of 45 min do it at night and wrap your foot in a dry towel overnight, soak again the next morning before you shower then I used Vaseline and Aquafor you can get these at Target it keeps your feet lubricated and from drying which can be painful to walk.
I did this for 5 days and my foot came back to normal all the skin fell off that was dried and cracked and the skin came back fine a new skin layer was completly there in about a week but keep on using it till you have no more athletes foot- it's the best thing I am glad I read this website its wonderful to walk in shoes again but be careful- it can come back as it did to me on one toe but A.C.V nipped that it the but real quick so I hope this helps anyone out there suffering from this ailment A.C.V is the truth
Thank you, Sharky"
10/04/2011: Dorothy from Watonga, Ok: "I have athletes foot on one foot, it has never spread but have had it for years nothing has worked. Want to try the Apple Cider Vinegar soak but really dumb question here. For those of you who soak in it every night do you use a new solution each time or save the apple cider vinegar and use it over several times? Just wondering if I have to buy gallons upon gallons or just a couple? Also, I will throw out my socks but someone said put shoes in the freezer. Will this really work?
Thanks, love this site"Replies
[YEA] 11/30/2011: Liz from Indianapolis, Indiana replies: "Re: ACV for althete's foot, I used a spray bottle of undiluted ACV from the regular grocery store 3-4 times a day and had complete relief of the cracking and peeling skin within a week. It's now 4 months later and the skin of my foot is still perfectly clear.
Unfortunately, the ACV did not help with my toenails. It also did not help the red cracked and peeling skin behind my ear. Still hoping for a solution as simple and fast for those as the ACV was for the skin of my foot."
04/11/2013: Sarah from Black River Falls, Wiconsin, Usa replies: "If your toenail is growing in thick and/or discolored, try putting coconut oil on it. My uncle and my mother started doing this and their nails look normal again. It's going to take a while (as long as it takes for your nails to grow out) but it works. Try putting it on your nails thick before you go to bed and then put socks on."
[YEA] 08/20/2011: Howdy1242 from Emery, Utah, Usa: "As a diabetic I must keep a close watch on my feet. In a 13x9 " baking dish, I shred 1 medium potato and 1 cup apple cider vinegar I soak each foot for 30 minutes twice a month. It has been a cure for athletes foot, as well as other fungi, It works well for me.
I also keep a spray bottle with 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar as a after shower body spray , for itchy skin."
07/29/2011: Mr. Squeak Feet from Eugene, Oregon: "Hello, and thanks all for contributing your experience to growing our "common sense" cures. I am posting several huge YEAs for Apple Cider Vinegar in several categories. The first is that ACV cured my bad case of total-foot fungus really really quickly. I simply soaked my feet for about 30 minutes in straight ACV for a few days. First day stung like mad, but nearly cleared it all up. Next morning, my feet looked remarkably better. Second soak even better. Third soak was the charm. A week later, my feet got wet (rains like crazy in the winter here in Oregon), and I worked wearing wet shoes for about 5 hours, and soon foot fungus came back. I'm usually a smart guy, but still just didn't put one and one together that shoes and socks could be helping to re-infect my feet with fungus... ACV worked again. This time I also soaked all my socks, sandals, and tennis shoes in ACV. I also have a little spray bottle of straight ACV that I mist in my shoes after I take them off. It's been a couple months, no issues at all. Thanks Earth Clinic community!"Replies
11/16/2011: Vivienne from Bsb, Brunei replies: "I started using ACV 2 days ago. Today is the 3rd day in the morning. I look at the rashes and it looks redder than usual. Tho it feels less itchy. Is it suppose to be like that? I've been using 4 different creams before and none of them works. I tried Lamisil for 3 days, and then I found about ACV so I stopped using it instantly and try ACV instead. Lol. I soaked my foot in a 50% warm water and 50% ACV, once a day every night before bed. So is it normal that the wounds are redder? I badly want this to work cause I've been having this for almost 6 months now. I can't walk properly since the main rash is on the bottom of my foot. The others are on the bottom of each toes. ALL of them."
11/17/2011: Jello from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "I tried ACV as well after reading the notes here and my foot seems to be more red as well. Is this a part of the healing process or is it getting worse? Has anyone tried both ACV and lamisil at different times in the day?
Thanks so much - this site is very helpful."
02/13/2012: Micklee from Memphis, Tennessee replies: "Get some 20 mule team borax at freds dollar store in the washing powders section, really powerful ati fungal, lather up a rag with soap then pour about 3-4 table spoons of borax on the rag and scrub it with that, must leave on for over 3 mins to kill all colonies, but I wouldnt leaveon for more than like 6 - 10 mins.... You can also take the Apple Cider Vinegar and pour into a jar and dissolve the borax in that and use it to scrub, both together are stronger I think."
[YEA] 02/27/2012: Terry from Cola, Sc replies: "Apple cider vinegar has cured my husbands awful feet!!! I decided to try it after reading posts here. I purchased a gallon jug at local grocery store for about $4. He has been to doctors, tried multiple Crees none of which were effective. For past two months he soaked his feet in a plastic tub of apple cider vinegar. Let them air dry. That's it!! The mochas sin type look is gone. The great scaly heels, cracks and bleeding between his toes. All gone! Feet are now soft and pain free. This has been a miracle- anyone out there that will listen- seriously 4 bucks and nightly soaks for 30 mins- unbelievable results!!!"
02/28/2012: Camilla from Istanbul, Turkey replies: "You might still want him to take organic apple cider vinegar orally. Though it's disappeared on the surface, it's very likely that he has fungi inside, and it might flare up somewhere else, in a different way, on or inside his body. Congratulations so far though! I am trying to get my best friend's daughter to take ACV because she has a huge sugar craving and always did. She is 10 now and has suffered from athlete's food since a toddler.... Funnily enough she absolutely refuses! I told her mum to put bicarbonate of soda in as well, and it was as though her body told her not to take it. Not even camouflaged as american pancakes (lots of bicarbonate of soda) with lots of maple syrup on top. Simply refused, and she had no idea.... If your husband has a fungi in his body he should try to avoid sugar... We all should."
[YEA] 07/17/2011: Bonnie from Campton, Ky: "My feet had been giving me a great deal of pain for a long time. I used the ACV for about 2 months and my feet are no longer itching, cracking, bleeding and no more blisters. I have had it for about 20 years. I threw all of my old shoes away. I soak them for 30 min. a day in ACV that you can buy at the dollar store by the gallon. Also I use vaseline on my feet at night to keep them from being dry. I am so thankful for this site!!!!"Replies
07/18/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Bonnie, for problems with cracked feet, especially heel, I would advise you try calendula cream. I don't have as many problems as you have but any time my heals are a bit cracked I use this cream and in a day or so my feet feel like a baby's bottom! Also good for the elbows and for the skin generally, even your face!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/06/2011: Mary from Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom: "After reading the comments on this site, I tried apple cider vinegar (with the mother in it) as a soak to cure my moccasin athlete's foot. Basically, after 4 months of use, it was better but definitely not cured. I had the moccasin athlete's foot on both feet and one hand and had been unable to shift it, (in spite of frequent trips to the doctor), for 5 years.
In its favour, the apple cider vinegar did a lot more for me than the steroid creams my doctor prescribed and was also better than the OTC anti-fungal drugs. It did make my skin softer and helped heal some of the painful cracking. However, it could not kill the fungus. I suspect that this is because moccasin athlete's foot is extremely difficult to deal with once it gets hold and perhaps if I had used ACV years ago, before the moccasin athlete's foot became chronic, it might have worked.
For anyone wondering whether I managed to cure it some other way, the answer is yes, but not at home. In the end I was so desperate that I went to a traditional chinese herbalist who gave me a pile of herbs (many of which looked like fungus, bark and mushrooms) to boil up every night as a foot/hand soak. I was pretty skeptical but amazingly it worked within a week and I'm so happy! It wasn't as cheap as ACV, two consultations plus the herbs cost me around Â£80 (GBP), but for me it was worth it.
In conclusion, if you've got a really bad case of moccasin type athlete's foot, my experience has been that apple cider vinegar will soothe it - maybe even halt its development - but it won't give you a complete cure."Replies
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/28/2011: Miniapple from Minneapolis, Mn replies: "I just pick some inter digit type between my left pinky. 1 day before they were to do the yearly deep clean of the health club. Apple CV came to mind and ive been dumping it on the dried area. Burns like I hoped it would, dries up, keep symptoms reduced. It seems to be an aggressive form, Slighly swollen/puffy top front area, blistered and peeled in 1 day. Im counting on ACV and some foot powder for my shoes/socks. Helps for sure, burns but keeps the area clean and dry. Will this go away? Tnx"
[YEA] 06/05/2011: Chuck from Ventura, Ca replies: "ACV is healing my atheletes foot. I had it on the bottom of both feet and on my leg. I used OTC spray, cream, and powder to no avail. The doctor gave me anti-fungal cream, still no help. After reading these posts I soak my feet in ACV for 30 minutes each night and has done more in two months than the others did in 5 months. It is gone on one foot, and only one little spot left on the other. I get the generic ACV from Smart & Final for a little over 3 bucks a gallon. I warm it up so it is more comfortable and it seems to work better when warm."